About the March 9th, 2014 Symposium

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Consortium for Japan Relief welcomes you to our March 2014 symposium, Fukushima Three Years Later: Staying Behind and Moving Forward, marking three years after the unfortunate disaster that struck Japan. This year’s symposium will be held on March 9th, from 2-5pm at the Milbank Chapel, located at Columbia University Teacher’s College.

This year, the theme for CJR’s symposium is two-fold: 1) the current state of Fukushima and the ordinary, everyday lives of those who live there, and 2) why people, whether from Fukushima, from Japan, or from the United States, choose to live in Fukushima amidst concerns about the economy, infrastructure, and radiation contamination. We will have 6 speakers touch upon this theme, two of which will be screening films: Jake Price, one of our speakers, will be showing footage of Fukushima that has never been seen before. “The Nuclear Village,” a short film made by Emily Taguchi, was recently made and has therefore only been screened a handful of times.

For everyone who has stayed in or returned to Fukushima, there is something very personal that motivates him or her to do so, and these reasons can have both uplifting and somber undertones. At this symposium we not only want to highlight this complexity, but also showcase the exciting initiatives our speakers are a part of in Fukushima. As it is the third year after 3/11, it is important to show why Fukushima is still relevant; those who have remained in Fukushima have not given up hope on the city and therefore nor should we. We hope you join us on March 9th for what should be an exciting symposium. [Click to Register]

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Date and Time:
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
2:00-5:00PM w/ Food Reception

Milbank Chapel (Zankel 125)
Columbia Univ. Teacher’s College
525 120th St, New York, NY 10027

Helen Verdeli | Associate Professor
Emily Taguchi | Director/Producer
Jake Price | Photographer/Producer
Serena Winchell | JET Alumna
Yuhei Suzuki | Community Organizer
Bridge for Fukushima | NGO

This event is co-sponsored and supported by Consortium for Japan Relief, Friends of Japan, Columbia Japan Society, Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs Japanese American Association, Japanese Medical Support Network, Japanese Medical Society of America, and EN Japanese Brasserie.

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Symposium Videos taken by Fred Tsutagawa:

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact us at nyjapan311@gmail.com

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